Well Blues fans the unbeaten run has came to an end, but what a run it was! From the highs of Leeds United away to Juke grabbing three at home against Rotherham and who could forget that away day at Stoke City.
We were brought back down to reality last weekend against Derby and I think a lot of people expected that’s where the run would end – There’s no shame in that either.
Now we need to show what we’re really made of as we aim to bounce back this weekend against a recently inform Hull City side. It’s these types of games that you really need to stamp your authority on if you don’t want to be in the lower remits of the division this season and that is something that Garry Monk is imperative about this season.
Going into the game you’d have to say Birmingham are the favourites as we boast a unbeaten home record that stretches back to Monk’s first game in charge. That being said you can never write anyone off in this division and Hull have had an upturn in results and performance recently – coming of the back of two straight wins and two clean sheets to go with it. I tend to use the saying banana skin, but this is definitely one of those games.
The Blues are going to be without Gary Gardner for this fixture as the midfielder has accumulated one too many yellow cards for this point of the season – time for either Charlie Lakin or even Gary’s older brother to stake a claim for a spot in the 11 for the Second City derby too. The only absentees through injury are still Jacques Maghoma who is expected to return to training the second week of the international break as well as the long awaited return of striker Isaac Vassell. Unfortunately David Davis is still some way from full match fitness.
Here’s both predicted line ups:
Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen
Jota, Kieftenbeld, Lakin, Mahoney
I think Charlie Lakin will get the nod ahead of Craig – only due to him playing a lot more games recently.
Burke, Elphick, De Wijs, Lichaj
Bowen, Henriksen, Batty, Irvine, Grosicki
Plenty of talent on display in that Hull side coming from the likes of Bowen and Irvine and the added experience of Frazier Campbell too.
My prediction ahead of this one is that Blues will be coming out to prove a point and will want to start the game on the front foot and really take it to Hull City and in the end we will have that added bit of extra quality that can see us through the 90 minutes. I’m going to go for a 2-0 Blues win – with Jutkiewicz and Jota grabbing the goals for Blues.
Enjoy the rest of you week folks and Keep Right On!
Picture Credit: Birmingham City